Anywhere Muslims and non-Muslims live in close proximity with one another, there are “clashes.” “Assam, India: Bodo tribe, Muslim clashes kill at least 35, displace 170,000,” by Kristin Deasy for the Global Post, July 25 (thanks to Twostellas):
Four days of violent clashes between India’s native Bodo tribespeople and Muslim immigrants has taken at least 35 lives,
officials said today, while another 170,000 are estimated to have fled
their homes in the facing of rising violence in India’s northwestern
Assam region, reported Agence-France-Press.
India deployed the military to the region, but violence raged
overnight with reports of nine people killed and angry residents setting
one another’s homes on fire, said The Hindu.
Assam police chief JN Choudhury told reporters today that the
“situation is tense and we are getting additional paramilitary
troopers,” reported AFP. A curfew has been in place in the region for several days, and the New York Daily News earlier said officers had been given orders to shoot on sight in order to stamp out unrest.
Al Jazeera reported
groups of people shooting weapons indiscriminately in crowded areas
over the weekend. Several people have been reported brutally killed.
Police on Sunday said villagers had found a six-month-old baby on a
river bank near a dead woman’s body, according to Al Jazeera.
The Bodo tribe and Muslim settlers have been locked in territorial disputes for years, but BBC News reported
that the recent violence appears tied to the killing of four young
people by an unknown man in a predominantly Bodo tribal area on July 20.
Over 200 ethnic and tribal groups live in the volatile Assam region, said Al Jazeera.